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Police Arrest Teen in Connection With June Murder

Whitney Mercedes O’Brien
Wichita County Sheriff’s Office

Wichita Falls Police have arrested a suspect in the June murder of Domanic Thrasher.  19 year-old Whitney O’Brien was arrested July 29th after the Crimes Against Persons Unit, SWAT and Organized Crime Unit served a warrant on an apartment in the 2600 block of Southwest Parkway.

O’Brien was arrested for a variety of chargers involving city warrants.  During the course of their investigation, police were able to obtain a warrant for O’Brien in connection with Thrasher’s murder.  On June 2nd, police were called to the intersection of Yuma Trail and Gunnison Drive in the City View area of Wichita Falls in response to shots fired.  Police and first responders arrived to find 21 year-old Thrasher had been shot multiple times.  He was taken to United Regional where he died.

Witnesses told police that two or more people in a dark colored SUV were at the intersection and fired multiple shots.  Witnesses had described a white female standing over the victim while another person inside the SUV fired shots at the victim.  Investigators were able to link a number on a cellphone that was in Thrasher’s possession to a phone belonging to O’Brien’s boyfriend.

Witnesses interviewed by the investigators identified O’Brien as one of possibly three individuals in the SUV, including the driver and the actual shooter.  Police say Thrasher had called the cell number in question to arrange a drug purchase shortly before his murder.

Police also say there may be a link to a shooting at the Westmoreland Apartments at 4806 Johnson Road.  In that case, a male victim called 911 to report having been shot while in his car.  Other witnesses described the suspect vehicle.  Police located the vehicle and after a lengthy chase cornered the suspects on Palmetto Street in the Lynwood Addition of Wichita Falls.  A male and female suspect arrested at that time in connection with that shooting.

Further details on the connection between Thrasher’s murder and the Westmoreland shooting were not given.  O’Brien is held on bonds totaling more than $1 million dollars.

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